Trauma and Self

Trauma and Self

by Charles B. Strozier, Michael Flynn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0847682293

ISBN-13: 9780847682294

Pub. Date: 05/07/1996

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

This remarkable collection of original essays, written by prominent scholars recognized for their achievements in a wide range of disciplines, defines trauma as a disruption in the fragile process of symbolization, or the human capacity to imbue life with meaning by representing the self's immortality. The contributors analyze the multiple meanings and deeper

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This remarkable collection of original essays, written by prominent scholars recognized for their achievements in a wide range of disciplines, defines trauma as a disruption in the fragile process of symbolization, or the human capacity to imbue life with meaning by representing the self's immortality. The contributors analyze the multiple meanings and deeper significance of trauma, whether of shell-shocked war veterans or victims of sexual abuse, and they discuss its manifestations, both subtle and obvious, in human behavior and memory. Organized as an honorary volume to Robert Jay Lifton, who identified trauma as the core psychological issue of the postmodern world, this book demonstrates how trauma and other fundamental breaks in human continuity inform psychiatric, historical, religious, literary, political, cultural, and scientific interpretations of the self.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847682294
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/07/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Crime and Memory3
2The Adopted Self19
3Traumatic Departures: Survival and History in Freud29
4The Contextual Self45
5Some Reflections on Twentieth-Century Violence and the Soft Apocalypse59
6Thought Reform Today69
7Facts, Truth, and Social Responsibility: Reflections of a Developmental Scientist81
8Robert Jay Lifton and Biology: The Doctor Is In - Knock Twice95
9Violence, Selfhood, and the Ambiguities of Truth99
10Socialism and Human Nature, Once Again119
11Erik Erikson and Robert Lifton: The Pattern of a Relationship131
12Melusine as Feminist: Shape-Shifting in Surrealism151
13The Protean Woman: Anxiety and Opportunity159
14A Quest of Eternal Life175
15The Second Scar185
16The Japanese Psyche: Myth and Reality197
17Symbolic Immortality in Modern Japanese Literature205
18Reflections on the Self of Homo Hippocraticus and the Quest for Symbolic Immortality221
19Illicit Stories231
20Life in Death245
21"How Pliant Is Science?"255
22Confidentiality: In the College Presidential Search Process and Beyond267
23Shame and Public Life279
Index287
About the Contributors299
About the Editors303

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